Athenaeum Library Art History Lectures

Art History Lectures

An Introduction to Francis Bacon

Presented by Hugh Davies


Thursdays, April 13, May 25 & June 29, 2017

All lectures begin at 7:30PM


The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.

                                                                          —Pablo Picasso


Join us on April 13 for An Introduction to Francis Bacon: Paintings from 1945-1973 and on May 25 for Francis Bacon: the Late Work in a dynamic series given by Hugh Davies, director emeritus of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Davies did his doctoral dissertation on Francis Bacon at Princeton University, largely based on a series of interviews with the artist in London from February through July 1973. The dissertation was subsequently published by Garland Press as Outstanding Dissertations in the Fine Arts. Davies co-published another book on Francis Bacon with Sally Yard through Abbeville Press in 1986, contributed chapters and articles on Bacon for several other publications and exhibition catalogues, and curated Francis Bacon: Papal Portraits in 1999 for MCASD. He currently serves as one of the five members of the Francis Bacon Authentication Committee, which published his catalogue raisonné in 2016.


Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Room

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

1008 Wall Street

La Jolla, CA 92037



Series tickets: $36 for members/ $51 for nonmembers

Individual tickets: $14 for members/ $19 for nonmembers



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